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Leave of Absence

​​​​​​​There are many different reasons why you may need to take a Leave of Absence. DePaul is committed to supporting you during these times. This section is designed to help you determine which leave and benefits programs meet your immediate needs. Below are the types of available Leaves of Absence. Each link provides access to the university policy, information on how to apply for the leave, what to do while you are on a leave and what to do when it is time to return to work from leave.

Types of Leave

Qualifying faculty and staff have many programs in place to support them during times of illness and injury. The university also offers support for life events such as the birth or adoption of a child. The pursuit of professional development opportunities may also be aided by a leave.

  • Sick Leave is available to eligible employees if an absence is due to illness or injury.
  • Maternity Leave is an employee benefit that allows eligible full-time staff and faculty to request 100% paid 6 or 8 weeks of short-term disability and an additional 2 weeks of parental leave.​
  • Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) is an unpaid, job-protected leave for specified family and medical reasons. FMLA may be used for your own serious health condition or to take care of an immediate family member with an illness or injury.
  • Short-term Disability is available to eligible employees if leave of absence is due to your own serious health condition.
  • Long-term Disability is continued income in the event an eligible employee is unable to work due to a qualifying disability.
  • Personal Leave is an unpaid leave of absence for personal or family needs of an urgent nature, educational opportunities, or professional development.
  • Voluntary Unpaid Time-Off allows eligible full-time staff and faculty to request authorized voluntary unpaid time away from work, without pay, but with benefits.
  • Bereavement leave​ provides full-time employees up to three (3) days of paid leave for the death of an immediate family member; paid leave to attend the funeral of someone other than an immediate family member is limited to one (1) day, the day of the funeral.​​
  • The Child Bereavement Leave Act provides eligible employees who suffer the loss of a child with up to a maximum of ten (10) unpaid days of leave.
  • Victims’ Economic Security and Safety Act (VESSA) provides an employee who is a victim of domestic or sexual violence, or who has a family or household member who is a victim of domestic or sexual violence, with up to twelve (12) weeks of unpaid leave per any twelve (12) month period to address issues arising from domestic or sexual violence.

Leave of Absence FAQs

Certain types of leaves are not included on this website:

  • For a work related illness or injury, contact the Environmental Health & Safety Department at (312) 362-6531 or by email at
  • To apply for a military leave of absence, contact the Benefits Team at ​(312) 362-8232.
  • For a faculty leave of absence consult the DePaul University Faculty Handbook.